Funding on offer to creative young people

The Access All Arts Fund logo surrounded by icons depicting dance, music, film and drawing or writing

Children and young people with a disability or additional support needs can now apply for funding to help them unlock their creativity. 

Anyone between the ages of 11 and 26 who meets the criteria and who lives in Scotland can apply for up to £1,000 to put towards their artistic interests – whether that is music, dance, photography, sculpture painting, crafting or creative writing. 

All creative activities or projects will be considered, from visual arts to making video games. 

It is hoped the Access All Arts Fund will encourage more children and young people to try new arts projects or help them to develop their work.

The fund – developed by a group of young people with additional support needs – can be used for anything you need, such as materials, classes, transport, software, venue hire or personal support.

Applications are being accepted until 13 September. A panel of young people and professionals will then meet to review submissions and decide who will receive support. Applicants will be notified by 30 September as to whether they have been successful. Funding should be issued in the week of 4 October.

There are a number of ways to apply and the process has been designed to be flexible and accessible.

You don’t need to be a UK citizen to apply and the Disability Equality Act of 2010 is being used to define “disability”.

The fund is being managed by the Children in Scotland charity, with the money provided by Creative Scotland as part of its Nurturing Talent Fund: New Routes programme. 

For more information on how to apply and to complete an online application form, visit the Children in Scotland website.